Events and Programs

The Saratoga Springs Preservation Foundation is delighted to
present programming for the 2014 season.

We look forward to sharing another
summer with you in historic Saratoga Springs!

View from Congress Spring ParkView from Congress Spring Park, Saratoga, the Fashionable Spa of America.-Views on Broadway,
The Principal Street, Frank Leslie’s Illustrated Newspaper, July 5, 1873.

General Information for Summer Sunday Strolls

Ticket prices are $5 for SSPF members and $8 for non-members.
Payable at time of event or purchase online here.

Buy a package of 4 tours and receive the 5th FREE!
Purchase package from one of our volunteers at your first stroll.

Tours are rain or shine. Allow 90 minutes. Requires walking & standing and covers varied terrain.

Pre-registration preferred; please call us at (518) 587-5030 or email Sarah Kaplan, Membership & Programs Coordinator at to reserve your spots!

Sunday, June 22                      
10:30 AM
Summer Stroll
Basic Saratoga
Tour will meet at: High Rock Park Spring Pavilion, on High Rock Avenue (north of the Farmer’s Market)
James Kettlewell, local author, former Hyde Collection curator and professor of art history at Skidmore College, will lead a tour highlighting the architecturally rich and historically unique area along High Rock Avenue and Circular Street. Tour covers a large walking distance.
Sunday, June 29    
10:30 AM                   
Summer Stroll
The Good Life: North Broadway
Tour will meet at: NW Corner of North Broadway & Van Dam Street
Executive director of SSPF,  Samantha Bosshart, will lead  a tour of the grand Queen Annes along this famed corridor. This area features homes built by  Saratoga’s most prominent figures such as Lucy Skidmore Scribner, Fred Cluett, William B. Gage, and  Senator Brackett.
Sunday, July 6
10:30 AM                           
Summer Stroll
Here Lies Saratoga’s Past:
Greenridge Cemetery
Tour will meet at: Sackett Gates, Lincoln Avenue
Join leader Jan Klassovity on this tour of Greenridge Cemetery to learn about  the beautiful and unusual crypts and mausoleums, and explore the history of some of  Saratoga’s most prominent citizens.
Sunday, July 13                          
10:30 AM
Summer Stroll
Wealth & Wellness: Franklin Square
Tour will meet at: NW Corner of Division Street & Broadway
Carrie Woerner, former SSPF Executive Director, will lead a tour through the historic Franklin Square area. This district is architecturally rich and home to some of the oldest private residences in Saratoga Springs. Franklin Square is a veritable showcase of American architectural history.
Tuesday, July 15
7:00 PM
Evening Event
Arson in Saratoga; Piping Rock and Beyond
Saratoga Arts, Dee Sarno Theater, 320 Broadway
Join local author and historian Joe Cutshall-King for a lecture and slide presentation on the infamous Piping Rock Casino along with select history and architecture of other local and lost gambling establishments.
$7 members/$10 non-members
Seating capacity is limited- reservations are encouraged! Please email Sarah Kaplan at or call (518) 587-5030 to reserve your spots ahead of time.
Tickets may be purchased at the event door.
Sunday, July 20                         
10:30 AM
Summer Stroll
Saratoga’s Historic West Side
Tour will meet at: South Franklin Street, (Gideon Putnam Cemetery Entrance)
Stroll leader Susan Brooks will lead  guests through the restored historic West Side, also known as Little Dublin. Tour-goers will learn about Saratoga’s Irish and Italian immigrants who helped shaped the history of this unique district.
Sunday, July 27                          
10:30 AM
Summer Stroll
Historic Fifth & Madison Avenues
Tour will meet at: NE Corner of Nelson & Fifth Avenues
Join the 2014 SSPF Summer Interns to discover the unique history of two of Saratoga’s grand residential streets, both lined with elegant Victorian and Craftsman houses. Learn more about the architecture and historical development of this important Race Track-adjacent neighborhood.
Sunday, August 3                        
10:30 AM
Summer Stroll, The Good Life: North Broadway
Tour will meet at: NW Corner of North Broadway & Van Dam Street
Executive director of SSPF,  Samantha Bosshart, will lead  a tour of the grand Queen Annes along this famed corridor. This area features homes built by  Saratoga’s most prominent figures such as Lucy Skidmore Scribner, Fred Cluett, William B. Gage, and  Senator Brackett.
Sunday, August 10                      
10:30 AM
Summer Stroll
Post Time!
Tour will meet at: SE Corner of Nelson & Union Avenues
Join leader Georgia Horner to explore the Saratoga Race Course area along Union Avenue featuring the Reading Rooms, National Museum of Racing, Oklahoma Track, and the Fasig-Tipton Humphrey S. Finney Sales Pavilion.
Thursday, August 14                  
5:00 PM
Afternoon Stroll
Pups for Preservation!
Tour will meet at: NW Corner of N. Broadway & 4th Street
Enjoy an hour-long tour of historic North Broadway with your furry friend! Dog treats & water will be provided along the route. We guarantee your pup’s tail will be wagging by the end of the stroll!
$5 per person. Dogs walk free!
Pre-registration is requested by August 13th as space is limited.
Sunday, August 17
10:30 AM
Summer Stroll
Down in the Valley: Exploring the Gut
Tour will meet at: SE Corner of Phila & Putnam Streets (Ben & Jerry’s)
Ellen Steinberger will conduct a tour of the area behind Broadway known as “The Gut,” home to many working class family businesses and important contributions from Saratoga’s Jewish community.
Sunday, August 24
10:30 AM
Summer Stroll
Historic Congress Park
Front Steps of Canfield Casino, Congress Park
Join Charlie Kuenzel and Dave Patterson, owners of Saratoga Tours LLC, as they provide an educational and entertaining stroll through historic Congress Park. From the early springs and landscape architecture to the Canfield Casino and Spencer Trask Memorial, the park is a wonderful spot to explore many facets of Saratoga history.
Tuesday, August 26
7:00 PM
Evening Event
Adirondack Architecture:
Great Camps and Rustic Tradition
Spring Street Gallery, 110 Spring Street
Steven Engelhart, Executive Director of Adirondack Architectural Heritage, will give a talk and slide presentation on the rustic style of architecture typified in the classic Great Camps of New York State’s Adirondack Park. Often constructed with natural materials, these buildings remain harmonious with the rugged Adirondack landscape and are historic testaments to their builders from the late 19th century.
$7 members/$10 non-members
Pre-registration is requested by August 25th as space is limited.
Sunday, August 31
10:30 AM
Summer Stroll
Queen Annes: Circular Street & Union Avenue
Tour will meet at: SW Corner of Spring and Circular Streets
Linda Trela will tour the area formerly home to the Young Women’s Industrial Club of Saratoga, which would later become Skidmore College. Learn more about Skidmore’s early days and the Queen Annes along Union Avenue.



2014 Spirit of Preservation Celebration
May 9, 2014
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On Friday, May 9, 2014 the Saratoga Springs Preservation Foundation (SSPF) held the 2014 Spirit of Preservation Celebration at the Saratoga Automobile Museum. The Board of Directors and SSPF staff thank the honorees, their families, and friends, and all of the Honorary Committee members, Corporate Sponsors, contributors, donors, and volunteers who made this event possible. We could not count this year’s event among our many successes without your help and support as we celebrated this year’s honorees the Saratoga Room of the Saratoga Springs Public Library and the Saratoga Spa State Park and its partners. The Spirit of Preservation Celebration honors organizations and individuals who through their vision and dedication fostered historic preservation in Saratoga Springs and contributed to the overall quality of life in our city.

SSPF thanks our event Honorary Chair, Cheryl M. Gold, and all the members of this year’s Honorary Committee members in the Corinthian Column: Michael Arnush & Leslie Mechem, Cynthia Corbett, Dan & Rita Forbush, James & Cheryl Gold, Mark Lawton & Holly Schwartz-Lawton, Julia S. Stokes, Doug Kerr & Joan Walter, and Marylou Whitney & John Hendrickson and Ionic Column members: Jane M. Agee, Chris Armer, Bethesda Episcopal Church History Project, Karen Bilowith, Kenneth Bollerud, Geoff Bornemann, Tom Frost & Carole Tarantino, Kathleen & Andy Fyfe, Linda Harvey-Opiteck, Sue Hensley-Cushing & Kevin Cushing, Molly Inscho, Beverley Mastrianni, Stephen McCorkell, RLA, Ben & Jenny Mirling, Maryanne & Dan Moerschell, Mary W. Perez, Mark Ryan, Dee Sarno, Susan Sharp, Jean E. Stamm & Jay Portnoy, Ellen & Robert Steinberger and Smile Sanctuary, Dr. Mark Moreau. In addition, we thank presenters Rose Harvey, Commissioner of the NYS Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation, and Charlie Kuenzel and Dave Patterson for their kind words about the honorees.

We also must thank the Spirit of Preservation Celebration Corporate Sponsors; The Adirondack Trust Company, Lemery Greisler LLC, Turbine Services Ltd., NYRA, Elan Planning, Design & Landscape Architecture, Frost Hurff Architects, Nolan Certified Public Accounting Services, Pfeil & Company, Inc., Prudential Manor Homes, Realtors and The Inn at Saratoga

In addition to our Honorary Committee members and Corporate Sponsorships, we must express our gratitude to contributors Phyllis & Alexander Aldrich, Clara & Donald Bosshart, William J. Burke & Sons, Jane Costello, Fridholm Painting & Remodeling LLC, Crafters Gallery, Jacqueline Jung, Murray & Tina Levith, Gretchen Marcell, Doretta Miller & John L. Reed, Tom & Kristie Roohan, Beatrice Sweeney and Kay Tomasi.

We thank the Saratoga Automobile Museum and staff for hosting the event. We also thank the donors, who gave goods and services in support of the event: Allerdice Party Rent-All, Capital Wine & Spirits, Rebecca Kane, Kim Klopstock’s The Lily & The Rose, Miller Printing, Mirror Lake Inn, Olde Saratoga Brewing Company, Ralph A. Pascucci of Myriad Productions and Sunnyside Gardens.

Thank you again to everyone who helped to make this a successful event, one of SSPF’s largest fundraisers of the year. Your support and dedication have made this event a special one for all of us at the Saratoga Springs Preservation Foundation.


Spirit of Preservation Celebration Friday May 9, 2014 at 6 pm


What: Spirit of Preservation Celebration

Where: The Saratoga Automobile Museum at 110 Avenue of the Pines, Saratoga Springs

When: Friday, May 9th 2014 from 6pm – 10pm

The Saratoga Springs Preservation Foundation invites you to the Preservation Celebration honoring the Saratoga Room of the Saratoga Springs Public Library and the Saratoga Spa State Park and its partners on Friday, May 9, 2014 at the Saratoga Automobile Museum. The Spirit of Preservation Award honors organizations and individuals who, through their vision and dedication, have fostered historic preservation in Saratoga Springs and contributed to the overall quality of life in our City. The event comprises an awards ceremony in which honorees will be introduced by speakers, Dave Patterson, Charlie Kuenzel, and Rose Harvey, Commissioner of the New York State Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation and a cocktail reception will include delicious hors d’ouevres and specialty food stations by Kim Klopstock’s The Lily and the Rose.  Tickets are $55 for members, $65 for non-members and $40 for those age 40 and under.

The Saratoga Spa State Park and its partners will be recognized for the special private/public partnerships that have helped preserve one of the crown jewels of the New York State park system.  The park is not only home to a dedicated staff; it is home to a diverse group of friends and partners.  The National Museum of Dance and the Saratoga Automobile have each taken historic structures that were no longer serving their original purpose and have successfully adapted them to be cultural destinations for our community and state.  The Friends of the Saratoga Spa State Park and the Friends of the Victoria Pool have been vocal advocates for specific features within the park and have raised funds to assist with those projects.  The Home Made Theater, Opera Saratoga, New York State Court System, Saratoga Performing Arts Center, and the Waldorf School all make use of buildings that would otherwise remain vacant or under-utilized  Various private businesses have also played a critical role in preserving park amenities such as the Spa Golf Course, the Gideon Putnam Hotel, and the Roosevelt Bath House. Heather Mabee, Chair of New York State Parks Saratoga-Capital District Region Commission, will accept the award on behalf of the park and its many partners.

This year the Saratoga Room of the Saratoga Springs Public Library will be honored for its contributions to preserving the rich architecture and history of Saratoga Springs. The Saratoga Room has a diverse local history collection that includes books, photographs, maps, pamphlets, newspaper clippings, scrapbooks, posters, and audio-visual materials.  The collection brings to life our community’s colorful history on a wide variety of subjects: people, buildings and sites, businesses and organizations, cemeteries, gambling, geology, horse racing, hotels, neighborhoods and streets, railroads, and significant events. Established in 1972, the Saratoga Room is now home to several significant collections and serves as a valuable resource for research and learning.  It serves a critical role in preserving our architectural and cultural heritage. Issac Pulver, Director, and Teri Blasko, Local History Librarian, will accept the award on behalf of the Library.

Please call us (518) 587-5030 to purchase tickets.

Special thanks to our corporate sponsors for this event:


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 Elan Planning, Design & Landscape Architecture, PLLC

Frost Hurff Architects

Nolan Certified Public Accounting Services

Pfeil & Company, Inc.

Prudential Manor Homes, Realtors

The Inn at Saratoga

24th Annual Candlelight House Tour, Friday December 6, 2013

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On Friday, December 62013 the Saratoga Springs Preservation Foundation will celebrate its 24th Annual Candlelight House Tour through seven beautiful homes and one carriage house in the historic east side of Saratoga Springs.  Homes are located on Lake, York, Fifth, Madison and Union Avenues. This highly anticipated event has been a holiday tradition in Saratoga Springs for over 23 years and is attended by hundreds of people each year. The homes on this year’s tour will be graciously decorated and a joy to behold. Following the tour, guests enjoy a reception and silent auction event with food and music at Union Gables Bed & Breakfast.

Silent auction items this year include:

The silent auction has many items that are great for holiday gifts or for yourself! Check out highlights here. Hot Air Balloon Ride by Equinox Balloons A weekend stay at Great Camp Sagamore Tickets to the New York City Ballet compliments of SPAC An overnight stay at the Georgian Lakeside Resort in Lake George Gift basket of wine, cheese, and crackers from Basket Case Tickets to Sister Act at Proctors Theater in Schenectady Other overnight stays at local bed & breakfasts and hotels Gift certificates for downtown Saratoga Springs restaurants Child Session with CMP Photography Tickets to Glimmerglass Opera in Cooperstown Massage by One Roof Handmade jewelry and scarves Gift basket from Sanctuary Smile Toys from G. Willikers Toy Store Class for two at Native Flowers Emma Dodge Hansen Photography Photo Shoot One and half hour session with White Feather Healing

Tour-Only and Tour & After Party Tickets are still available!

Tickets can be purchased over the phone at (518) 587-5030 or at 112 Spring Street until 7:30pm.

$40 Member Tour Only Ticket /$50 Tour Only Ticket $75 Member Tour & Reception/$85 Tour & Reception Ticket

*Tickets are non-refundable.  If you are unable to attend, your purchase is considered at tax-deductible donation to the Saratoga Springs Preservation Foundation.

Special Thanks To Our Gold


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New York Racing Association

Pietrosanto Insurance Agency

Redbud Developement

Saratoga Builders

Saratoga Living Magazine

Teakwood Builders

Combined Gold Sponsors

 Special Thanks To Our Silver Sponsors

Aquaturf Irrigation

Frost Hurff Architects

Grippo & Son Construction

Silverwood Gallery

Combined Silver Sponsors


 2013 Pints For Preservation Pub Crawl


Tickets available at the Start!  Olde Bryan Inn, Saturday October 19th, 2pm

Purchase your ticket individually ($35), as a couple ($60) or as a group of 4 ($115).

The Pints for Preservation Pub Crawl is the perfect way to sample local brews and bars in Saratoga Springs, all the while benefiting the Spirit of Life and Spencer Trask Memorial Restoration Campaign. The Crawl features an architectural Scavenger Hunt, Raffle Prizes, Bar Specials and the chance to win the Major Award.

Gather your family and friends and save Saturday, October 19th in your calendars for Pints for Preservation.

Participating pubs included Olde Bryan Inn, The Merry Monk, Gaffney’s, Desperate Annie’s, Druthers, Seven Horse Pub and The Irish Times.

The crawl will begin with registration at 2pm at the Olde Bryan Inn and continue through to the last pub, The Irish Times, at 8pm, where raffle winners will be drawn and prize winners announced.

Pub Crawl Registration will take place on Saturday October 19th at 2:00pm at the first pub, the Olde Bryan Inn. All participants will be required to register and show valid ID upon arrival! Please register with your fellow crawlers if you purchased as a couple or group.

Each participant will receive a Pub Crawl t-shirt and pint glass, to use throughout the crawl, while supplies last.

Follow us on Facebook to stay updated with registration information, bar routes, prize announcements and further details.


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September 23rd, Dee Sarno Theather, 7pm: Public Meeting on the Spirit of Life & Spencer Trask Memorial Restoration

On Monday, September 23rd at 7PM the Saratoga Springs Preservation Foundation will host a public meeting about the restoration of the Spirit of Life and Spencer Trask Memorial in Congress Park.  The meeting will be held at the Dee Sarno Theater at Saratoga Arts, 320 Broadway. The Foundation is working in partnership with the City of Saratoga Springs to restore the locally and nationally significant Memorial.  This spring the City hired two expert preservation consultants to assess the condition of the masonry architectural setting and the surrounding landscape as well as recommend restoration measures.  At the meeting, Martha Lyon, landscape architect, and Dan Wilson, architect, will present a historic overview of the Memorial, condition assessment findings, and treatment recommendations.   The public is encouraged to attend this information meeting, ask questions, and provide feedback about the project. In 1913, Katrina Trask, philanthropist, Yaddo founder, and Saratoga resident, along with George Foster Peabody, commissioned the Memorial to honor her late husband, Spencer Trask and his efforts to protect and preserve Saratoga’s natural springs while further beautifying Congress Park.  The work for the Memorial was completed by two significant Americans, sculptor Daniel Chester French and architect Henry Bacon, who also designed and executed the Lincoln Memorial in Washington, DC.  French created the bronze sculpture, Spirit of Life, while Bacon designed the masonry architectural setting.  The surrounding landscape was designed by Charles Leavitt, Jr., who had designed the 1912 General Plan for Congress Park  following the demolition of the Congress Hotel and the 1902 Master Plan of Saratoga Race Course. For more information please contact the Saratoga Springs Preservation Foundation at (518) 587-5030. 2013_summer_stroll_old_skidmore_ad

Summer Sunday Stroll A Look Back: The First Skidmore

September 1 10:30am NW Corner of Regent & Spring Street Explore the first Skidmore College campus, which began as the Young Women’s Industrial Club, including buildings ranging from Regent Street to Union Avenue. Buildings include Skidmore’s Theater, Gymnasium, SKidmore Hall, Moore Hall, and others. Learn more the foundation of the College and its growth in Saratoga. $5 Members $8 Non-Members     the_gut

Summer Sunday Stroll Down in the Valley: Exploring “The Gut”

August 25 10:30am SW Corner of Phila & Putnam Streets (Ben & Jerry’s) Ellen Steinberger will conduct a tour of the area behind Broadway known as The Gut. This was home to many working class fmaily businesses and important contributions from Saratoga’s Jewish Community from any years. Learn more about this fascinating area. $5 Members $8 Non-Members